ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis

ABA is the science of changing socially significant behavior. ABA therapy focuses on decreasing problem behaviors and identifying functional replacement skills that help a child to be more successful in their environment.

 

The effectiveness of ABA therapy in producing long-lasting behavior change with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders has been well-documented in thousands of published research studies over the last several decades. Research has shown that almost half of children who receive early, intensive behavioral intervention before age 3 years will be virtually indistinguishable from their same-age peers by the time they reach Kindergarten (Lovaas, 1987). This positive behavior change has also been shown to last well into adolescence.

 

ABA can help children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder reach their potential.

  • Increase pro-social behaviors
    • Language/Communication skills
    • Play skills
    • Social skills
    • Academic skills
  • Improve functional daily living skills
    • Brushing teeth
    • Toileting
    • Bathing
    • Dressing
  • Teach self-control and coping strategies
    • Decrease self-injury, physical aggression, and other disruptive behaviors
  • Generalize skills across different people and environments

 

Is ABA right for you?

  • BRAINS ABA Program serves children as young as 18 months
  • The client must live within a 25-mile radius of BRAINS
  • The client must be available for the tutor to provide high quality, evidence-based, one-on-one direct ABA therapy with the child for 6-20 hours per week
  • Sessions will occur in client’s home, with occasional sessions in the community and at BRAINS as needed
  • Children covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance must have an existing autism spectrum disorder diagnosis from an Approved Autism Evaluation Center (AAEC). For more information on AAEC, visit bcbsm.com

 

All of our ABA tutors hold at least a bachelor’s degree and have experience in working with children with autism spectrum disorders. Supervision of each child’s program will be provided by our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Dr. Erin Matlosz. Dr. Matlosz will be responsible for the program development, staff training, implementation, and monitoring. Dr. Matlosz will also collaborate with families in the development of the program, supervise ongoing therapy, and will provide families with regular formal progress reviews.

 

Clients must also live within a 25 mile radius of our facility. Call (616) 365-8920 today to see if you are eligible for this opportunity and to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Matlosz.

 

Also available in our clinic…

  • Outpatient Behavioral Counseling
  • Psychological & Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Parent Consultation & Sibling Support